Newsletter. Issue 2004-14. April 08, 2004
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Agnelo Carvalho, agnelo.carvalho at will be running the Flora London Marathon on 18 April, 2004 to raise funds for the Uganda Society for Disabled Children. Agnelo, an Architect based in Cambridge, was born in Kampala and is married to Maria. He is the son of Militao and Edviges Carvalho. For the genealogists, his family tree is at To sponsor him for the charity please visit:

3 Apr. Gulf News. Leanne Fernandes is making steady progress at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children at a cost of £150,000 which was raised by staff, pupils and parents of the Modern High School, Dubai in just five days. She had developed some infections but has fought her way back and is now on the road to recovery. Speaking from London, her father, Gabriel Fernandes said: "Leanne has responded relatively well to the treatment. She is likely to remain in hospital for another three or four months. My little girl is strong in her mind. She has seen and suffered a lot of pain. But she does not speak about her illness as she prefers to think positively. She has received a number of get well cards.”

6 Apr. The Independent (London). Julia Black has made the controversial Channel 4 film, My Foetus to be broadcast on 20 April and this has raised eyebrows. In the programme Black talks to Fiona Pinto, who was arrested under the public order act for holding up a pro-life poster showing graphic pictures of an aborted foetus. Ms Pinto says she considers that if such images are too terrible to be seen, then they are too terrible to be legal. Ms Black, in deciding that she should film an abortion being performed, extols a similar belief. For a profile of Fiona Pinto see

The Nairobi Institute Centenary Website, has been launched to provide you with all the necessary information for June 11, 2005. The site will be updated on a weekly basis. Please forward the details to as many interested parties as you know.

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6 Apr. Tooting, London. CHRISTY LOBO (ex Nairobi). Brother of Nina Pinto, Peter, David and Alexander. Funeral at 11am on Wed. 14 Apr. at St Anslem’s Church, adjacent Tooting Bec Station. No flowers – contributions in lieu will be sent to the Cavell Ward fund at St Georges Hospital. Condolences to For car parking arrangements please e-mail or call Nina Pinto 020 8767 0663

5 Apr. Eltham, London, England. ERMILA FERNANDES – (born 1923, ex-Nairobi). Wife of late Robert Fernandes (Head teacher of Parklands/Goan School, Nairobi). Mother of Luke/Yolanda, Ollie/Perla, Vasco/Roseanne, Esther/Matthew. Grandmother of Annette, Carl, Elroy, Clare and Mark. Announcement regarding funeral arrangements will follow. Condolences to or

3 Apr. Mombasa, Kenya. BENNY CARVALHO. Brother of Bernie. Uncle of Sean. Expired at The Little Sisters of the Poor. Funeral mass at The Little Sisters of the Poor on Tuesday, 6th April 2004 at 4 pm, followed by burial at Mbaraki cemetery. [Info. from Oscar Lobo, Mombasa]

1 Apr. Welling, Kent, UK. ANACLETA (ANN) FARIA (ex Kenya), Wife of the late Narciso Faria (Bata Shoe Company - Kenya). Mother of Rita/Mike (Bexleyheath), Alex/Dolly (Toronto), Charles/Anarita (Mississauga), Hilary/Mirja (London) & Andy/Yvonne (Mississauga). Grandmother of Gavin, Jonathan, Daniel, Nicholas, Christopher, Darrell, Adrian, Steven & Ryan. Condolences to
Funeral service on Fri. 16 Apr. 10:30 am at St. Stephen's Church, Deepdene Road, Welling, Kent. The family has requested that, instead of floral tributes, a donation be made to their favourite charity to be announced on the day itself.


22 Apr. Bloomsbury Auctions, London. Lot No 347. A lot of 29 Portuguese books related to Goa, 18th century, Estimate: £600-800.


From Sophie Gozlan: We are currently starting production on a new BBC series called The Parent Trap and would like to spread the word across the Goan community. The programme looking at the relationship between young adults (25-35) and their parents.
The show will examine the differences between the two generations. Each programme will follow a family as the parents come and spend a week living their son/daughter’s life. They will have to move in with their son/daughter and live with them for a week according to his/her rules.
For the supplement with full details, click here. Contact: or tel. 020 7502 5666. [Sophie adds: “It must be everyone’s dream to relocate to Goa. I holidayed there over Christmas. I think it is the most wonderful place I have ever been in my life!”]


3 Apr. Birmingham Post. Goa: Travelpack (0870 121 2040) offers seven nights' B&B at two-star resort on Calangute Beach in North Goa for £429, saving £89, incl Excel flights from Gatwick, transfers.
Goa: Gateway (0871 222 8379) offers 14-nights' B&B at Goa Marriott, facing Arabian Sea and 20 miles from airport, for £699, ex-Gatwick April 22.

4 Apr. Observer. Bask in Indian sunshine on a trip to Goa. Avion Holidays (0870 835 4531) offers 14 nights for £675pp. Flights are from London Gatwick on Saturday (10 April) and are included in the price, as are transfers and a room at the five-star Hotel Ramada Caravela in south Goa.


The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is due to be held from 29 Nov. to 9 Dec. 2004. For details check the new IFFI website, (The Exposition of St. Francis Xavier takes place from Nov. 24, 2004 to 2 Jan. 2005)

2 Apr. Mid-Day (Mumbai). Paul Stannarb (37) who owns a construction firm in London stopped off in Mumbai on his way to Goa where he hoped to finalise a plot for a house. However in Mumbai he was drugged, knifed and stripped of all his clothes and belongings. He now plans to return directly to London.

4 Apr. The Hindu. Goa: A Daughter's Story by Maria Aurora Couto: Exclusive extracts.
Here is a narrative about home, the village and the world in which its author, Maria Aurora Couto, crosses the boundaries between history and memory, truth and imagination to evoke personal and community experience. It is as much an appraisal of Goa's past as it is an examination of its present and a vision of its future. For the review in The Hindu click here. For the extracts, go to

5 Apr. Rediff. The UB Group (Kingfisher beer) plans to export rum to the UK and the US and position it as 'Indian Rum', with an initial shipment of 100,000 cases. The rum has a unique taste and will have a new brand name - Maharaja. See:


31 Mar. Time Out. Page 34. Excerpts: Alphonso mango originated in Goa in the sixteenth century. It is popular because it's deeply aromatic, with a rich, voluptuous taste reminiscent of apricots, peaches and nectarines, with a touch of honey, jasmine and turpentine. In Goa, it's also made into 'mangada cheese' - similar to 'quince cheese'.

1 Apr. Guardian. Tensions that start in playground. Failure of races to mix at school highlighted. Segregation is particularly high among south Asian pupils.,11374,1183347,00.html

1 Apr. Leicester Mercury. Theatre: Funny Thing Called Love is a "Hinglish" melodrama centred on the Desai household - hen-pecked husband Professor Desai, dominant Mrs Desai, daughter Anushka and son Bunty. Their generally tranquil family life is turned upside-down by the arrival of Melwyn and Dougy D'Costa. Anushka and Melwyn profess undying love for each other, defying barriers of religion and caste. Catch the show at the Phoenix Arts, Leicester, on Sunday, May 16. Tickets are £12/£10. See:

2 Apr. Seychelles Nation. Indian restaurant Mahek offers regional curries of India with prices ranging from R75 to R160. On the menu is Goan Kaldina of mixed vegetables tossed in a special masala.

3 Apr. BMJ (British Medical Journal) Vol. 328, pages: 820-823. Effect of maternal mental health on infant growth in low income countries. By Dr Vikram Patel and others. Dr Patel is based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Sangath, Goa. 3005 words. Full text at:

3 Apr. Edmonton Journal. Canada. Billy Talent. The Toronto foursome are scheduled to play for two minutes during Sunday's Juno telecast, but they're not convinced they'll walk away with any hardware. "If we get anything, it'll be a nice addition to my mom and dad's mantel piece," says Ian D'Sa. [UPDATE: Billy Talent won the Juno last Sunday for the best new group. For the Billy Talent home page go to] For the text of the Edmonton Journal article click here

3 Apr. Winnipeg Free Press. Dahab [Egypt] was like a Middle Eastern Goa, a place where young people with little predilection for doing anything in particular could hang for weeks or months without having to think about money.

3 Apr. The Weekend Australian. Excerpts: The youngest and spunkiest contender on the Asian stage is the Malaysia-based AirAsia under the helm of Tony Fernandes. Cocking a snook at his mega rivals, Fernandes has sprung a cheeky advertising campaign. "There's a new girl in town," it trills. "She's twice the fun and half the price." The similarities with Virgin -- in style, philosophy and image -- are remarkable. It's no surprise, then, that Virgin and AirAsia are exploring ways to work together.

3 Apr. BBC News. Trevor Phillips, head of the Commission for Racial Equality, has called for all citizens to "assert a core of Britishness". In an interview for the Times newspaper he said the term "multiculturalism" was of another era and should be scrapped. For the text of the Times interview go to:,,2-1061114,00.html
Labour MP Keith Vaz said Mr Phillips was wrong to say multiculturalism encouraged separatism. "Britain's multicultural society where differences are celebrated and not exploited has been a great achievement and is the envy of Europe," he said. “Britishness cannot be imposed on people of different races, cultures and religions,” Mr Vaz added. "Imposing values and cultures is similar to the attitude adopted by the missionaries," he said. "British values have to be taught and encouraged across the whole of society and not just the ethnic minority community." Text at

3 Apr. Kitchener-Waterloo Record (Canada). Dr. Colin D'Cunha, Ontario's chief medical officer of health at the time of the SARS outbreak which killed 44 people in the Toronto area said that Public health officials had to cope with misinformation and rumour, which at one point led to pressure to put a quarantine around Greater Toronto. It the end 27,000 people were still put into quarantine. He noted that officials only had to use legal orders in 65 cases. "That speaks volumes for the Canadian social ethos,'' he said.

3 Apr. The Gazette (Montreal, Canada). Headline: Tapping Into Buzz Of The City. Cheryl Braganza, "in her 50s," textile agent, artist, explains her decision to buy a $82,000 condo in St. Mathieu St., downtown and retain her Kirkland suburban home. Full text, 842 words, click here.

4 Apr. The Observer. Headline: Clubbers fall under spell of Psytrance. Excerpts: It was a scene once found only on the beaches of Goa. Women with dreadlocked hair stood by the sea swinging leather straps around their bodies making patterns out of the fire-lit ends. Ageing hippies sat on the sand beating their drums, and a mass of bodies dressed in luminous clothes and adorned with beads and piercings would dance as one to the deep trance beats and electro notes. But last night Psytrance exploded on the national club scene when 4,500 people descended on London's Brixton Academy for The Psychedelic Academy, the largest indoor festival of its type in the UK. 855 words.,6903,1185378,00.html

4 Apr. The Miami Herald. Susie Coelho, 50, is the perky host of a backyard-makeover show on cable TV, a spokeswoman for eBay's home category and author of two lifestyle/home decor books ( Before her divorce from Sonny Bono years ago, the London-born former fashion model designed and helped run Bono's two California restaurants. She's a real cutie with a frisky website, but she seems to be happier in the garden than in the kitchen.

4 Apr. Sunday Star-Times (New Zealand). In less than a year, Bernadette Soares has taken a hair removal gel developed in her kitchen and turned it into an Australasian business. She has her own range of gels and exfoliating bars marketed under the bodEze brand, with deals to distribute the products to more than 400 pharmacies in New Zealand and Australia. Soares brought a traditional family recipe for a sugar-based gel with her when she emigrated from India in the late 1980s. Her next challenge is breaking into the Asian market. 476 words. [Her Company website is]

4 Apr. The Hindu. M.G. Vassanji talks about his sixth book, The In-Between Life of Vikram Lall. The novel begins in a small town in Ontario where Vic, an Indian-born Kenyan has escaped to from the violence in East Africa. He is then subjected to violence in Ontario and has to flee yet again. See:
M.G. Vassanji was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1950, raised in Tanzania and now lives in Canada.
An earlier Vassanji's novel, The Book of Secrets (1994) was set in Dar es Salaam, and in London about a Goan schoolteacher named Pius Fernandes. In Uhuru Street (1991) we meet Alzira, a young Goan dressmaker, who gaily entertains her employers with local gossip. For the Vassanji website check the link below.

5 Apr. The Gulf Today. Goa's IFFI plans face new hurdles. By Bosco De Souza Eremita, See

5 Apr. World Entertainment News Network. Hollywood buddies Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are teaming up for a 15-day trip through India. Damon recently filmed scenes for his upcoming The Bourne Identity sequel in India and fell in love with the country. And now he has suggested that he and Affleck - who is still recovering from his split with Jennifer Lopez - hike through the country, visiting tourist attractions in New Delhi, Bombay and Goa as they go.

6 Apr. Rochdale Observer. Ben, now aged 4 arrived at an orphanage in Goa at the age of just 11 hours. He was adopted by a Rochdale couple, the Laramees, who had moved to Goa to care for children there. When Larry, Ben’s adopted father became ill they returned to Castleton but Larry died last May. Mrs Laramee is now moving with Ben to Blackley and he will start school at St Claire's in September. 452 words.

7 Apr. The Independent. The end of April sees the return to our screens of the BBC's How to Get a New Life, a 12-part series that will see 12 more sun-hungry families turn their backs on life in Britain and try their hands at living abroad permanently. Presenters Scott Huggins and Melissa Porter will be on location all over the world, including Spain, Italy, Goa and New Zealand.
Which episode did Porter enjoy most? She says, “Goa was great fun as the couple were so funny, completely different, but they worked well as a team.”
'How To Get A New Life' airs on BBC2 from 27 April.
'How To Get A New Life' (BBC Books, £12.99) is published on 8 April
Full text, 1040 words at

7 Apr. The Guardian (London). Why Trevor is right: Multiculturalism no longer provides a satisfactory answer to the complex nature of today's race relation issues. By Polly Toynbee. 1196 words.,3604,1187201,00.html

7 Apr. Canada NewsWire. Dr. Anthony Hsu ended his life due to the auditing pressures of the Medical Review Committee. At a media conference, Dr Chris Pinto, Vice President of the Coalition of Family Physicians of Ontario recounted Dr. Hsu's humiliation at the hands of the MRC and the hardship that followed him until the end of his life. Dr. Pinto commented on the similarities between the MRC auditing system today with the witch hunts of 1600s England. "Once accused of being a witch, for any reason whatsoever, the game was over… The accused had no rights, no defense and no hope."


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Thu. 8 Apr. 11:20 pm - 11:55 pm BBC2 TV Programme. Desi DNA. There's a visit to the set of EastEnders to meet up with the Ferreira family and a report on Brits who have made it big in Mumbai.

Fri. 9 Apr, 19:30 (30 mins). TV Programme. UK Food. Rick Stein's Fruits of the Sea. Seafood cuisine. Rick makes a spicy Goan seafood curry for all his staff.

Mon. 12 Apr. 3 pm. Konkani Dramatic Association presents a Musical Show "Ekvott". Play written by Albert de Varca and music written by Tony D'Mello. First Performance, Saint Monica's Hall, Palmers Green, North London. For Tickets and further information contact: Judy Fernandez – 0208763 2606, Domacian Moniz - 02083761609.

Postponed till further notice: Sat. 17 Apr. 8-2am.

Sat. 24 Apr. 6.30pm till late. 'Viva Goa' presents Gala Spring Dance at Collier's Wood Community Centre, 66-72 High Street, Colliers Wood, SW19 2BY. Featuring Live Band 'Low Level' performing Konkani, Portuguese, Spanish, English tunes. Also Goan folk dances by 'Goan Waves' led by Aldrin Viegas. Tickets £8,children £4.Dress formal/Smart. Please bring your own food and drinks. Tickets Contact Aldrin 07904923566, Celeste 02086489015 Book early to avoid disappointment. Limited Tickets.

SOLD OUT! Sun. 25 Apr. Ex-students Reunion. Nairobi Catholic Parochial and St Teresa's Schools. SOLD OUT!

Sun 25 Apr. 4pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass. Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex.

Mon. 3 May. 3 pm. Konkani Dramatic Association presents a Musical Show "Ekvott". Play written by Albert de Varca and music written by Tony D'Mello. Second Performance. Archbishop's Lanfranc School Hall, Mitcham Road, Croydon. For Tickets and further information contact: Judy Fernandez - 02087632606, Domacian Moniz - 02083761609.

Sun. 9 May 1pm - 8pm. Assolna, Velim & Cuncolim Union (AVC) Annual Feast at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Streatham. Dancing to Mariano & his band + Disco & great Goan cuisine. Contact Uniece Barros 020 8672 0807, Alba Fernandes 020 8656 3305 or Colin Almeida 020 8687 1470

Sun. 16 May. Rocky’s Trook Tournament. Further details from Rocky 020 - 7274 3585

Sun 30 May. 4pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass. Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex.

Sun. 30 May. 7 pm. G.O.A. May Ball & 38th Anniversary celebrations and Crowning of Miss G.O.A. May Queen at Lola Jones Hall, Tooting Leisure Centre. Music by Maz & Co and Fantasy Disco. Dress theme Black/White jacket and tie essential (bow-tie preferable). Further details from - Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457 Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322.


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